Adapt your shopping and eating habits
In today's world we often grow and consume food in ways nature never intended. This comes at great environmental cost:
- Growing food outside its natural environment or normal growing season requires tremendous amounts of water, energy and other resources.
- Transporting food by plane from one side of the world to the other generates 1 700 times more CO2 emissions than transporting it 50 km by truck.
- Unsustainable forest practices contribute to deforestation, which is responsible for around 20% of global CO2 emissions.
- The EU Ecolabel identifies products and services that are environmentally sound and toxic-free. Look for it when buying light bulbs, detergents, computers and other household appliances – even when booking a hotel room!
- Buying garden furniture or other wooden products? Look for the FSC or PEFC labels which guarantee the wood was harvested in a sustainable manner.
- Consume locally produced, seasonal food.
- Buy second-hand. 1 kilo of new clothes represents 25 kg of CO2 emissions – the equivalent of powering a lamp for nearly 20 days.
- Wash your fruits and vegetables in a bowl rather than under a running tap. Water your plants with the remaining water.
- Eat more vegetables. Producing meat is both CO2 and methane-intensive and requires large amounts of water.
- Eat less beef. Per kilo, beef production accounts for 3 times more greenhouse gas emissions than poultry or pork and generates more CO2 emissions than driving a car for 3 hours.
- Don't waste food. Buy only the amount you really need, and don't forget to eat your leftovers!